Incivility in political and policy discourse is poisonous in a democracy. It breeds cynicism, discourages civic participation, and blocks bipartisanship and compromise that would benefit all Americans.
Although the federal government has auctioned spectrum for mobile wireless services several times in the past, it has never attempted a “reverse auction” in which broadcast license-holders submit bids to voluntarily relinquish their spectrum rights in exchange for a share of the anticipated proceeds from a subsequent “forward auction” of the newly available spectrum for wireless broadband services.
It’s ironic that a free-market champion like the former Commissioner is such a fierce defender of a broadcast carriage system nurtured by government regulation.
Broadband is one of America’s great success stories. And Internet service providers are doing much of the story telling through the unprecedented levels of competition, innovation, investment, and growth that these companies are fueling for our economy at both the national and global level.
Would you invest untold hours and thousands if not millions of dollars in developing new property where the rules change every few years? Where savvy lobbying and PR campaigns stampede political leaders into reducing the value of your property in a matter of months?
On Black Friday you braved the cold and fought the crowds all to save a little money. But while you were waiting in lines for bargains, AT&T was finding ways to make broadband lines more expensive.
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At the heart of the technology industry are entrepreneurs who dream up new innovations and create great new companies that redefine how we work, live and play. Congress enacted the patent system to encourage groundbreaking ideas by rewarding such innovators for their creativity and investment of time and money. But America’s innovative capacity is at risk because our patent system is being gamed and abused.
The good news is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its newly minted Chariman Tom Wheeler are in the midst of once-in-a-generation process to redo the public airwaves and help solve problems like a dropped call in an elevator.
Certain Internet companies have a selective perspective on patent assertions. They preach peace to Congress but pursue war when it seems opportune.